Photos of Hank (the Bigfoot Rick Dyer shot) released on Facebook. Hank is the Bigfoot that Rick Dyer killed in Texas last September. There is a private group on Facebook made up of many folks who have, among other interests, the belief that Dyer is hoaxing his story about the Bigfoot he killed.
Today, April 16, a photo of dead Hank was released by someone in the group to some of the group members. The person who released it has an NDA with Dyer. Everyone who saw the photo also now has an NDA. Either no one saved the photo, or they have all pledged not to release it until after April 30. All of the folks who saw the photo are now convinced that the Dyer story is true.
The person who first posted this story is named Don Boucher, and was one of Dyer’s fiercest critics. Stefan Beaudoin was similarly a ferocious critic of Dyer’s who has now converted. A number of people who formerly thought Dyer was hoaxing are now converting to believers en masse. They are issuing apologies to Dyer, and a number say they are going to see Shooting Bigfoot in Toronto on April 30.
The photo shows Hank dead on the ground with considerable damage to his mouth and jaw from a 30.06 bullet. A number of people are standing around Hank in a circle, including Dyer, Morgan Matthews, director of Shooting Bigfoot, and members of the Shooting Bigfoot crew.
One problem with this photo is that the damage described in the photo does not line up with the more minimal damage described by Musky Allen when he went to see Dyer’s Bigfoot.
No copies of this photo have been released on the Web, but as you can see if you remember that Musky Allen got two copies of dead Hank photos in his email, copies of dead Hank are definitely starting to float around the Internet. It is perfectly possible that one may turn up before April 30.
Here is the text of Boucher’s message:
There is a group of us “haters” who have been discussing this thing for quite some time now. Recently, one of our members asked for any proof whatsoever, and someone sent us a pic, one that we have heard mentioned, but didn’t believe existed.
The pic I saw showed the body of a what is undeniably a bigfoot, which definite facial trauma evident from what a 30-06 round to the back of the head would do. Standing around the body is Rick, Morgan Matthews and several of the “Shooting Bigfoot” crew.
I would like to apologize to FB/FB, and Rick Dyer, as well as Dyer’s supporters. I have been mean, vindictive and un fair, but in light of this humbling evidence, I’m going to have to say that I have crossed the fence.
Rick Dyer webpage up. Rick Dyer has a webpage up for Rick Dyer Films, a film company he has started. This is one of the worst webpages I have ever seen. There are horrible grammar and spelling errors all over the place, and design is horrific.
Why Morgan Matthews is not coming forward with information about the killing of a Bigfoot during the shooting of his movie, Shooting Bigfoot. A commenter notes astutely that Matthews is a professional filmmaker, and this would not be a smart thing for him to do:
He is, first and foremost, a professional filmmaker, a successful and experienced one, and he knows that he will not only deflate the impact of his film’s debut by coming forward prior to its release but also look like a nutjob and idiot as well; this should be very simple for most to understand without having to spend too much time thinking about it.
It’s funny how often so many attempt to deal with their own impatience, fear of disappointment and inability to achieve instant gratification by attempting to invalidate who or what they perceive as the source of their self-generated expectations and fear.
In a vacuum bereft of the answers they want and for which they cannot wait, they suddenly become Sherlock Holmes. They must rationalize their impatience rather than simply acknowledge it as such. This has to do with emotional IQ; there is a notably famous study from the 50s involving children and jellybeans, but I digress. It’s the same tendency that causes a guy to leave message after message on a girl’s voicemail when he’s worried he’s about to get dumped or that she’s cheating, and she hasn’t called him back in 15 minutes.
No damage to Hank’s face proves Hank was not shot with a 30.06. Supposedly, a 30.06 causes such extensive damage that if Hank was shot with such a weapon, his face would be badly messed up. Since Hank’s face is not damaged as per Musky Allen’s report when he went to see it, therefore the story is a lie. The rejoinder to this accusation is that Musky did say that there was jaw damage to the Bigfoot, but it was minimal.
Government research facility housing Hank was built specifically to house and study him. One interesting story coming out lately is that the US government agreed to build the storage facility housing Hank if Dyer would let the state store it there and study it while it was there. Dyer apparently convinced the government to build this small facility where Hank is being housed.
The government agreed to build it apparently on the grounds that they would have a chance to study it for several months before it was released. I know it seems odd that the state would build a facility just to house and study Hank on Rick’s request, but that it’s certainly possible, and that is what people are saying was done.
Rick Dyer, sociopath? As Dyer is about to become world famous, it is certainly topical for us to explore Dyer’s past, including his criminal record and repeated hoaxing. We also need to explore the considerably pathological personality of this fellow, which the world will find out about soon enough anyway. The personalities of famous people are always topical, especially if they are as pathological and antisocial as Dyer’s is.
A commenter on my site objects to my calling Dyer a sociopath and provides evidence that Dyer is either not a sociopath or that he is not very sociopathic.
I’m more than a bit confused as to why you continue to maintain that Dyer is an “extreme sociopathic personality”.
To my understanding, sociopaths have little to no concern for the welfare or happiness of others, which is inconsistent with Dyer’s activities in helping the homeless, which he does in his home of Las Vegas, not just with the homeless people who were in the camp in San Antonio. I suppose one could stretch things and claim that he is such a devious sociopath that he does this to mask his tendencies and give the appearance of a “good person”, but that could be, potentially, nothing more than specious conjecture.
He regularly admits to being wrong about previous misstatements and apologizes readily, something sociopaths generally are extremely loathe to do, yes? The few times detractors have the nerve to call into his show, he doesn’t seek to take control by constantly speaking over them, shouting them down or hanging up (not the traits of a control-freak, arguably). In multiple cases, I have witnessed him “become ok” with people whom he was feuding and who apologized and cleared the air with him (sociopaths aren’t usually very forgiving, to my knowledge).
He also frequently expresses admiration for people who “do the right thing”, in his eyes; again, giving praise freely and without clear opportunity for reward is not a very sociopathic tendency (unless, again, we label this as nothing more than cultivated behavior intended to give the appearance of nobility and that is the reward he seeks).
From watching the guy’s shows now for the last several months, as he sits in front of a webcam, unscripted, for hours at a time, I see someone who becomes indignant and snarky towards people who malign him, but that’s not an exclusively sociopathic trait, it’s extremely common behavior which all of us see regularly and most of us have engaged in from time-to-time, I’m certain.
As far as why he hates you, it’s for this reason: he can’t hang with being labeled a sociopath; and if he were to be reasonably diagnosed as one, I don’t think one needs a degree in psychology to conclude that he is far from an “extreme” type; by that definition, I’d have to say that about 50% of everyone I meet is an “extreme” sociopath.
This is a good comment, and in Dyer’s favor, we should present the other side to the argument that he is sociopathic.
In response, I would say that I never called him an “extreme sociopath.”
If he is sociopathic at all, he is a “controlled sociopath,” as I have discussed previously. Controlled sociopaths are “legal criminals” whereas uncontrolled sociopaths are “illegal criminals.” The ranks of law, medicine, politics, business, law enforcement and the military are filled with controlled sociopaths. Crooked lawyers, crooked doctors, crooked cops, crazy/psycho soldiers and officers, crooked businessmen, crooked politicians – you get the picture.
The controlled sociopath has simply controlled his sociopathic tendencies enough to keep himself for the most part out of jail or prison. The motivation is that the controlled sociopath does not want to go to prison, so he controls his behavior and channels it in a legal direction.
Rick is not an extreme sociopath. Mostly what he is is a narcissist. But he does have sociopathic tendencies. This is abundantly clear. There is a Psychopathy Checklist out there, the PCL-R, authored by Robert Hare. Obviously he is going to get an elevated score on that list.
Certain professions such as used car salesman are full of controlled sociopaths. Rick is a used car salesman.
Rick is a con artist. It has been theorized that most con artists are sociopaths.
Some sociopaths do engage in things like helping the homeless, being gurus dedicated to the common good, etc. Although I agree with the commenter that helping the homeless shows a good side to this complicated fellow’s personality.
The viciousness with which he goes after his enemies is totally over the top and makes no sense at all. For instance, he is currently libeling me. He is making up lies about me out of whole cloth. He knows full well that these are lies, but he just makes them up anyway.
One of them is that I served two years in a state prison. I have never incarcerated in any prison, much less a state prison, and I have not spent more than six hours in jail in my entire life. If I had actually served two years in prison, that should be pubic record, and anyone could go and look it up for themselves. But there is nothing there because it never happened.
Dyer has hoaxed many times. He is a serial hoaxer. Hoaxing is antisocial behavior.
He brags that he made $650,000 off of defrauding the American public. Taking pride in defrauding others is antisocial behavior.
At least $50,000 of that was simply stolen money. Rick just stole that money, period. The victim didn’t pretty charges because he was in on the hoax, but Rick did steal that money. Stealing money is antisocial behavior.
In 2010, Rick bragged that on his Bigfoot hunting expeditions, he had a friend run by in a Bigfoot suit to fleece the people he charged $500 a head to go on his expeditions. Rick laughed about what idiots they were as he ripped them off. Defrauding people on your expeditions is antisocial behavior.
Sociopaths think others are morons who deserve to be fleeced. They laugh about their victims and think they deserve to get taken for being stupid. This is Rick’s behavior towards his victims.
Rick recently stole $17,000 from a victim in Canada. The guy ordered two Corvettes from Rick, and Rick just stole the money and never delivered the Corvettes. Rick avoided a conviction by agreeing to deliver the Corvettes. That’s very antisocial behavior – stealing $17,000.
Rick beat up his pregnant wife, Lily Dyer. She called the cops and had him arrested. He avoided conviction by agreeing not to beat her up anymore. Beating up your pregnant wife is antisocial behavior.
However, the commenter makes an interesting case that Dyer is a complicated fellow, and in certain respects he does not display classic sociopathic behavior. Instead, in these regards, Rick is quite normal. And to be fair to Rick, I think my commenter above notes that Rick indeed appears to have a good side. I would certainly agree that Dyer is not a pure sociopath, but I believe he is a pretty antisocial fellow, and he would probably get an elevated PCL-R score.
I am not particularly upset by Dyer’s past if I saw some evidence that he was going to knock it off and turn it all around. But I don’t see that. Rick’s going to keep on being pathological and antisocial into the foreseeable future, even after he becomes world famous. No doubt we will be reading about his misdeeds in the paper.
Chuck Prahl provides evidence for Dyer’s sociopathy. In his interesting article here, Chuck asks (italics mine):
I must admit if Dyer does have a dead Bigfoot on ice, and his name is linked to Bigfoot forever more in every history book and documentary on the big fella, I personally will cry and laugh at the same time.
If you listen to the guy and watch his facial expressions on his adults only Internet/Youtube radio show, he doesn’t act like a man who has made the most important biological discovery in 500 years.
That tells me he is either lying about the whole thing or more likely the guy has no emotions about the subject at all. I have heard him try to be emotional about the circus he has made of his life since this alleged shooting went down last September, and he comes off like a Grade B actor without any heart or soul. He puts more emotion into discussing a car deal he just completed then a man who just made the most important discovery concerning our human ancestors in 500 years.
I have seen how just a fleeting few second encounter with bigfoot as changed men and woman’s entire life and how they become obsessed with getting just one more sighting just so they can say they were not hallucinating the first time. Then you have Rick Dyer who says he shot and killed one and gets more excited talking about the new wrap for his SUV then I ever heard him talk about seeing an 8 foot hairy monster lying on the ground where he just put a bullet through its brain.
On the other hand it might take a narcissist like Dyer to actually kill one of these creatures without having the emotional baggage that might haunt a normal human being having murdered a creature that resembles us in so many ways.
Prahl inadvertently proves an excellent point about Dyer. Dyer shows little or no emotions when discussing the scientific find of the century.
Others have seen Bigfoots for only a few seconds and were changed for life, and Rick put a bullet in one’s head while it was charging him and a filmmaker, then spent the next few months trucking the thing around, having it embalmed and autopsied, having the government build a place to store it, dealing with cops ready to arrest him for homicide on a moment’s notice, having his whole life turned completely upside down with all of the sordid details of his antisocial past revealed for the world to see, on and on, and Rick hardly even bats an eye.
He gets more excited about the newest detail he put on his SUV than he does about the incident that is going to land him in the history books for all time.
The answer to the riddle of this paradox is simple: Rick is a sociopath. Rick lacks any emotional baggage about murdering a fellow hominid because he doesn’t have any emotions to store in his limbic suitcase. You need have some emotions in the first place to get to where you are lugging around emotional baggage, and Rick doesn’t have any. Sociopaths don’t have emotional baggage. They never do.
If you listen to the guy and watch his facial expressions on his adults only Internet/Youtube radio show, he doesn’t act like a man who has made the most important biological discovery in 500 years. That tells me he is either lying about the whole thing or more likely the guy has no emotions about the subject at all.
Exactly! Rick’s not lying, so the opposite is true. Rick simply lacks any complex emotions at all, as all sociopaths do. The Facebook Find Bigfoot guys described Rick as having “balls of steel” to come out of a tent hoisting a rifle and bead on a Bigfoot only yards away, then chase it as tries to run you down while you pump two bullets into it. Of course he has balls of steel. Rick is fearless. All sociopaths are fearless. It’s a hallmark of the disorder.
I have heard him try to be emotional about the circus he has made of his life since this alleged shooting went down last September, and he comes off like a Grade B actor without any heart or soul. He puts more emotion into discussing a car deal he just completed then a man who just made the most important discovery concerning our human ancestors in 500 years.
Precisely! Since the sociopath lacks real emotions, he tries to mimic them. What emotions he does display are typically fake emotions, conjured up just for the use of other people. The sociopath figures out what emotions you want him to feel in that situation or what emotions he needs to feel in a situation and then he conjures up fake emotions to show everyone what he thinks they want and need from him. But they aren’t real feelings – they are fakes, acting jobs.
Dyer vows to continue murdering Bigfoots. Dyer recently commented that he is committed to live capturing a Bigfoot, but if he can’t do that, he will shoot and kill another one. This is a depressing comment. Many of us thought that Dyer had a human element in his heart when he appeared to break down and express remorse over the killing of Hank.
However, with this statement, it shows that Dyer has learned nothing. He knows that Bigfoots are human and killing them is murder. But he has no real remorse for killing Hank as he has vowed to kill another Bigfoot. This is classic sociopathic behavior as sociopaths in general do not experience remorse for their antisocial acts.
The Rick Dyer mental trap. People are locked into a trap.
The Dyer skeptics are a classic example of this.
Dyer Skeptic (A). I hate Rick for all sorts of excellent reasons based on observable truths, therefore Rick is lying. Dyer is a scumbag and a repeat hoaxer, therefore, he could not have possibly killed a Bigfoot. But that fails Logic 101. It’s perfectly possible for Dyer to be a scumbag and a repeat hoaxer and also to have killed a Bigfoot. Rather unlikely, but it’s quite possible. Ask any Logic professor.
The other side is locked into an identical trap.
Dyer Believer (B). Rick killed a Bigfoot, and we believe him, therefore we love Rick Dyer, he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, and we hate all of Rick’s evil enemies.
Almost no one seems to take the position that I do:
1. Rick Dyer is lower than whale crap, and that’s at the bottom of the ocean, and he’s also a serial hoaxer and a criminal. I hate him with every fiber of my being.
2. As unlikely as it sounds, despite (1) being true, he did indeed shoot and kill a Bigfoot! That means I believe him.
“I hate Dyer’s guts, but he killed a Bigfoot” seems to be so mentally contorting that almost no one is capable of twisting their brain into the cerebral pretzel that’s needed to think that way.
David Paulides tried to strong-arm habituation site owner into handing over all of his Bigfoot hair samples to Paulides. The man in question owns the Smith River habituation site and may be named Kirk Stewart. This site was written up in the papers. The owner reported that a possible Bigfoot had been coming onto his rural Del Norte County, California property for some time, eating his watermelons and stealing pheasants from his shed.
What was odd when the pheasants were taken is that the gate has a latch on it. The invader would go to the shed, unlock the latch, go inside and steal a pheasant or two, re-latch the shed on its way out, and take off with the pheasants! This convinced the owner that no ordinary animal was stealing his pheasants.
This man is very mad at Paulides, accusing Paulides of trying to strong-arm the man into handing over all of his Bigfoot samples. Paulides tried to cajole, threaten, browbeat, con and strong-arm the guy into handing over all of his Bigfoot hair samples to Paulides. The man did end up handing over most of the samples to Paulides, but he kept two samples for himself which Paulides kept on demanding he hand over to Paulides. The guy then told Paulides to “f– off”.
One of the two retained samples has been given to Dr. Brian Sykes of Oxford, who is running his own Bigfoot DNA study. The man has a sample in to Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA, but has zero confidence in Melba and Paulides (who is sort of Melba’s partner in the DNA study) to deliver the goods. Hence he is quite happy that Sykes has the hairs, and the man is hopeful that Sykes can find something usable out of them.
Paulides is now running around all over the place touting the man’s hair samples as his own.
Paulides is a real scumbag, and he’s one of the worst people in Bigfootery. He has a history as a con artist (he was forced to resign from the Palo Alto Police Department for engaging in a fraud using city government stationery). I don’t mind that Paulides has a bad history as long as he changes and knocks it off, but all indications are that Paulides is still as slimy as he was when he was a crooked cop, and he hasn’t changed one bit. He’s just changed professions, from crooked cop to crooked Bigfoot organization leader.
In addition, many have accused Paulides of continuing to con people with his Bigfoot books. The books contain many false statements, lies, incorrect inferences and false sources. The excellent Steven Streufert has done a great job of taking apart Paulides’ books on Steven’s website.
Paulides has authored a number of Missing 411 books that are, granted, interesting. I have copies of them and have looked them over. Paulides is apparently making the case that Bigfoots are running around North America abducting and killing children and adults from wilderness areas and national parks. While this may indeed be true, and Paulides may have uncovered cases of people being hauled off and killed by Bigfoots, unfortunately, his books do prove that, and some of Paulides inferences are just wrong.
For instance, two of the oddities that Paulides addresses are removal of clothing in cold or freezing weather and burrowing into the ground. However, both clothing removal even in very cold weather (paradoxical undressing) along with burrowing are well known responses to hypothermia (a collapse in body temperature due to exposure to cold weather). But clothing removal and burrowing in these cases are probably just related to hypothermia in the woods and no doubt have nothing to do with Bigfoot abductions. So part of Paulides’ theory is simply wrong.
In addition, Paulides has not been forthcoming about the theme of his books.
While his books are obviously meant to imply that Bigfoots are kidnapping and killing people in the woods, in multiple interviews he denies that this is what the books are about; instead he says the books are simply about missing persons in the woods. That there are missing persons in the woods is not particularly interesting, and one wonders why it was necessary to write three whole books about such a mundane topic. So Paulides is misleading us about the purpose of his books.
In addition, all of Paulides’ books were self-published by CreateSpace. CreateSpace is a good self-publishing outfit, but self-publishing itself is a dubious enterprise because the finished product looks so unprofessional. I have now received several self-published books via CreateSpace, and all of them look quite unprofessional, though some have been well-written. They have layout problems, and they all look like they badly needed an editor. The overall effect screams amateurish and unprofessional.
This is also the case with Paulides’ books. Paulides is not a particularly good writer, though he writes better than the average man on the street. There are all sorts of writing errors strewn through his books. The guy needs an editor something awful. The layout is very bad, and the organization of the books is chaotic and makes little sense.
Nevertheless, if Bigfoots are indeed kidnapping and killing folks in the woods, Paulides’ books are a good “pilot study” that will help to stimulate hopefully much better studies of this phenomenon.
Melba Ketchum violating her agreement with Wally Hersom and Derek Randles. The agreement states that the Bigfoot steak tissue from the Sierra Kills that she did not use is the property of Hersom and Randles. She apparently has quite a bit of tissue left after her testing, and she is simply refusing to hand it over to Derek and Wally as per her charming personal style.
Both men have made repeated requests to Melba to sent the rest of the tissue to them, but nothing has been forthcoming, and it’s been three weeks so far. Melba keeps saying that she is going to send the tissue, but nothing ever shows up.
If I know her well, nothing ever will show up. This looks very bad as apparently she is already on record saying that she did not want 3rd party testing of the Sierras tissue, or at least this is how Bart Cutino and Justin Smeja read things.
No Haplotype A in Bigfoot steak. The tissue from the Sierra Kills was sent out by Cutino and others to be tested to see if results matched up with Ketchum’s. The results came back “human” and “Black bear.” Skeptics of these results say that two different human haplotypes were found in the sample – Amerindian or “A” and European. Actually, only a European haplotype was found in the sample, and that haplotpye is assumed to be Justin’s. The haplotype is “Eastern European,” and Justin is Polish.
Evidence that Justin Smeja is telling the truth about the Sierra Kills. Bart Cutino eavesdropped on Justin and the driver talking about the Sierra Kills when they had no idea that he was listening to him. They spoke about it as an actual event that really occurred. If they really faked the whole thing, why would they talk about it as an actual event when they thought no one was listening?
Evidence backing body recovery story for the Sierra Kills. According to Justin, he and the driver went back 1 month later, on November 12, 2010, and found the Bigfoot steak under three feet of snow. Many have questioned this story for a variety of reasons. However, Cutino has seen photos from the body recovery mission of that day. The photos show Justin holding up the Bigfoot steak, and they are time-stamped with November 12, 2010 on them. So it appears that Justin’s body recovery story is true at least in part.